How to Download Windows 10 for Free and Create a Bootable USB Drive
Windows 10 is the latest and most popular operating system from Microsoft. It offers many features and improvements over previous versions, such as a faster performance, a more user-friendly interface, a better security, and more. If you want to upgrade your PC to Windows 10 or install it on a new device, you can download it for free from the official website.
In this article, we will show you how to download Windows 10 for free and create a bootable USB drive that you can use to install it on any compatible computer.
Step 1: Check the system requirements
Before you download Windows 10, you need to make sure that your PC meets the minimum system requirements. According to Microsoft, these are:
Processor: 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster compatible processor or System on a Chip (SoC)
RAM: 1 gigabyte (GB) for 32-bit or 2 GB for 64-bit
Hard disk space: 32 GB or larger hard disk
Graphics card: Compatible with DirectX 9 or later with WDDM 1.0 driver
You also need to have a valid license key for Windows 10, which you can purchase from Microsoft or get from your previous Windows version if you are eligible for a free upgrade.
Step 2: Download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
To download Windows 10 for free, you need to use the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool. This is a small program that allows you to create a bootable USB drive or an ISO file with the Windows 10 installation files.
You can download the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool from the official website. Click on the Download tool now button and save the file to your computer.
Step 3: Run the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool
Once you have downloaded the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool, run it as an administrator. You will see a window with the license terms. Read them and click on Accept if you agree.
On the next screen, you will see two options: Upgrade this PC now and Create installation media (USB flash drive, DVD, or ISO file) for another PC. Choose the second option and click on Next.
Step 4: Select the language, edition and architecture
On the next screen, you will see some options to customize your Windows 10 download. You can choose the language, edition and architecture (32-bit or 64-bit) that you want. You can also use the recommended options based on your current PC.
Make sure you select the same edition and architecture as your license key. For example, if you have a license key for Windows 10 Home 64-bit, you need to download the same version.
Click on Next when you are done.
Step 5: Choose USB flash drive as the media type
On the next screen, you will see two options: USB flash drive and ISO file. Choose USB flash drive and click on Next.
You will need a USB flash drive with at least 8 GB of space. Make sure you backup any important data on your USB drive before proceeding, as it will be erased during the process.
Plug in your USB flash drive and select it from the list of available drives. Click on Next to start downloading Windows 10.
Step 6: Wait for the download and creation process to finish
The Windows 10 Media Creation Tool will now download the Windows 10 installation files and create a bootable USB drive with them. This may take some time depending on your internet speed and USB drive speed.
You can see the progress of the download and creation process on the screen. Do not close the program or unplug your USB drive until it is finished.
When the process is complete, you will see a message saying Your USB flash drive is ready. Click on Finish to exit the program.
Step 7: Use your bootable USB drive to install Windows 10